With families buzzing around a mile a moment, parents are challenged to shop for and also find the time to prepare healthy meals at home. It is no wonder that many families find themselves in the drive-through lane on the way home from work or sports practice. Continue reading
Computer games, handheld electronic games, and television cartoon shows are contributing to a nation of pint-sized couch potatoes. Parents are concerned that the influence over their children, held by advertising companies and technology, is stronger than their own influence. Many parents are looking for positive ways to encourage their children to adopt healthier lifestyles while they are young. Continue reading
The common use of the internet has brought new challenges for raising kids. Some parents may just want to ban their child from using the internet, but that can keep kids from learning valuable computer skills. This article encourages parents to teach their child how to be smart when using the internet. It includes how to handle social networking sites, teaching kids about internet strangers and gives ideas for establishing rules when kids use the internet.
If there is one hot button to be aware of it is this; teenagers will test the resolve of their parents until breaking point. They will break you down, until you give up. Therefore, you need to be consistent, even during times when your teen is gradually wearing you down to the point of making you want to pull your hair out or shout at the top of your lungs. Continue reading
Most people associate bullying with the more physical violence of hitting, shoving, and other more overt forms of abuse and intimidation. But some children become bullies through a subtler, more secretive pathway to bullying; an insidious form of bullying that can remain almost hidden to the outside world. Continue reading
You want to have kids, and for one reason or another, having your own is not in the plan. So now you’re considering adopting. Becoming a foster parent is one path to adoption and there are many children in the foster care system waiting for a family. Continue reading
The moment you send a picture of yourself to someone else, consider it public information. It only takes a second for the recipient to forward it to friends (or your parents), or to post that pose on Facebook. As a result, you may face embarrassment and ridicule. Continue reading
Your children need to hear that they have a great future ahead of them, that being different is a GOOD thing. Praise them. Value what’s important. Make 2013 radically different–you can change your family tree and break these generational patterns for good. But it doesn’t happen without you taking action. Continue reading
Many moms and dads are filled with self-doubt, but the reality is that most of the judgments we make about our parental abilities are unnecessary. A good parent is a confident, modern parent. Rid yourself of the guilt and worries about being a good parent and go on to enjoy parenthood and the joy that it brings. Continue reading
At lunch time, I found some of my old friends. I ran up to them and started asking what they had done on summer break. Already, they had new friends. They were not mean to me, but somehow I felt left out. After lunch they returned to their class with their new buddies and I wandered off to my solitude amongst strangers. Continue reading
Words of praise are powerful and can be used to bring out the best in your child. Children love nothing more than the approval of their parents, so let them know just how grateful and pleased you are when they behave in a desirable way.